March 4, 2015
February 18, 2015
The Kings County Courthouse is on track to be complete in December.
The 144,000-square-foot Kings County Courthouse project in Hanford, California has crossed the halfway point and is on track to be complete in December. Sundt’s team is currently installing the exterior skin and performing glazing and interior framing.
When complete, the facility will include 12 courtrooms, a jury assembly room and an underground tunnel connecting the courthouse to the nearby county jail. It will also house a self-help legal center, family court mediation rooms, courtroom holding rooms and attorney interview waiting rooms. A number of sustainable features are expected to help the courthouse construction project earn LEED Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
February 9, 2015
Dan Osterman talking to a group of seventh grade students from Mary Belle McCorkle Academy. The students were invited to attend the Heavy Medals event and share their sustainability research projects.
Congratulations are in order for the City of Chandler and Tucson Unified School District! Each was recognized at the U.S. Green Building Council’s “Heavy Medals” event in Phoenix last week for their commitment to sustainability. The annual event, now in its third year, celebrates projects throughout the state that earned LEED certification during the previous year. Chandler City Hall and TUSD’s Mary Belle McCorkle K-8 Academy, both constructed by Sundt, recently received LEED Gold certification.
Chandler City Hall
Sundt was a Silver sponsor for the event, which included approximately three hundred building owners, contractors, architects, and community members. The event’s keynote speaker was the Honorable Katherine Hammack, Assistant Secretary of the Army Installations, Energy and Environment. Several seventh grade students from Mary Belle McCorkle Academy attended the event and shared the results of their recent sustainability research projects.
“It was an honor to help the City of Chandler and TUSD achieve their sustainability goals, in collaboration with our design partners SmithGroup JJR and Swaim Associates, and celebrate their projects with them at Heavy Medals,” said Dan Osterman, Sundt’s Sustainability Committee Chair. “It was also great to see how the students embraced sustainability so enthusiastically with their projects. This is what the green building industry needs to do to keep the fires burning for future generations.”
Mary Belle McCorkle Academy
The 131,683-square-foot Chandler City Hall complex is located in the heart of Chandler’s busy, downtown historic and commercial district. It includes a six-story office tower to house administrative offices, and adjacent buildings to serve as the City Council Chambers, a production and recording studio for the city-run television station, gallery space, the Department of Neighborhood Resources, and a three-story parking structure.
Mary Belle McCorkle Academy was designed and constructed around the tenets of “21st Century Learning.” The state-of-the-art campus accommodates 950 students in learning communities organized around a central courtyard space.
February 3, 2015
Sundt’s latest LEED Platinum-certified project is Tercero 3, a student housing facility at the University of California, Davis.
Last week the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) released its annual list of the Top 10 States for LEED, the organization’s green building rating system. Click here to find out which states are leading the nation in reducing water and energy use, lowering carbon emissions, and saving money for owners and taxpayers.
Want to learn more about Sundt’s commitment to sustainability and the many green projects we’ve constructed? Click here.
January 28, 2015
We’re pleased to announce that Josh May has joined Sundt as Area Quality Manager in our Irvine, California office. Josh has more than 20 years of commissioning, project management and superintendent experience, and has overseen multiple projects with budgets exceeding $80 million. He has extensive experience as a commissioning agent representing owners in the public sector and has a depth of knowledge of sustainable construction and the LEED accreditation process. We recently asked Josh a few questions to get to know him better.
What brought you to Sundt?
Sundt has a long, successful history with a rich culture. Before I came on board, I knew several people in the company and their feedback was extremely positive. I was extremely impressed with the company’s Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) – you rarely find a company where the average long term employee can retire as a millionaire.
What are your duties and responsibilities as Area Quality Manager?
My duties include performing inspections, reviewing plans and specifications, conducting audits and acting as a resource to ensure quality management procedures remain consistent throughout the course of each of the projects I have been assigned to Southern California.
How does your experience as a commissioning agent bring value to Sundt’s customers?
My experience gives me the ability to help our project teams navigate through the often confusing procedures that the commissioning process brings. As a result of this, our clients benefit by having more streamlined projects – not only at the general commissioning level but also from a mechanical, electrical and plumbing viewpoint.
Do you have an area of specialty within commissioning?
Initially I specialized in whole building commissioning, however over the past few years I have gained a very in-depth understanding of mechanical and electrical systems. I managed the commissioning of very large projects like the San Diego International Airport renovation and projects for the Los Angeles Community College District, the Los Angeles Unified School District, and several military construction contracts with a focus on mechanical and electrical systems.
You are involved in Sundt’s sustainability program. How does your background and expertise help the company’s customers achieve their sustainability goals?
Commissioning reduces building/system operational costs by yielding 5-10 percent improvements in energy efficiency, and ensures that facilities personnel know how to operate key building systems. It’s also a great way to catch mistakes like missing or incorrectly installed equipment, avoiding occupant complaints and callbacks, indoor air quality and thermal comfort problems, premature equipment failure, and litigation. The very nature of commissioning revolves around sustainability. Achieving a sustainable project is one of my key goals on every project I am involved with.
What are some of the trends in the world of commissioning and sustainability?
Commissioning is picking up steam across the nation and around the world. Now that California has made commissioning a requirement through the 2010 Green Building Code, I think the rest of the nation will follow suit. Additionally, we are starting to see a trend with whole building commissioning. Verifying the integrity of building envelopes is becoming more common, along with the more historically commissioned mechanical and electrical systems.
Uchida Hall is the first of six buildings to be completed at San Jose State University’s Spartan Complex.
There’s nothing more satisfying than creating a project that inspires its occupants to achieve great things. Sundt has done that, and more, by completing extensive renovations and seismic upgrades to Yoshihiro Uchida Hall at San José State University (SJSU).
Uchida Hall is a multipurpose athletic and academic facility named for Yoshihiro “Yosh” Uchida, the head coach of SJSU’s nationally renowned Judo program. Several student athletes from the program have gone on to win Olympic medals, and now they have an even better facility in which to train and chase their gold-medal dreams. The renovated Uchida Hall features a refurbished Judo activity space, updated weight training classroom, exercise physiology research lab, stress management lab and classroom, aquatic center, updated instructional gymnasium, and a new air conditioning and fire sprinkler system.
Uchida Hall houses a nationally renowned Judo program that has trained several students who went on to become Olympic medalists.
The work was part of a $48 million university construction project to improve and modernize SJSU’s 176,062-square-foot historic Spartan Complex (where Uchida Hall is located) while bringing it into alignment with current earthquake-protection measures – an important task faced by many California university campuses. Respecting the facility’s design and integration into the surrounding architecture was another goal Sundt was able to help the owner achieve.
“We aimed to retain the architectural integrity of the existing building while improving the complex’s aesthetics with color, appropriate exterior skin materials and mechanical and electrical systems,” said Sundt Project Manager Jason Hughes. “These upgrades not only will improve the safety for students, faculty and staff in the event of an earthquake, but also enhance their daily comfort with the updated operating systems.”
Uchida Hall is the first of six buildings to be completed at the Spartan Complex, which includes Uchida Hall and Uchida Natatorium, Uchida Hall Annex, Spartan Complex Central and Spartan Complex East. Following Sundt’s commitment to sustainability, the Spartan Complex upgrades incorporate recycled content, low emitting materials, sustainable roofing elements and increased insulation. Construction for the entire complex is expected to be completed in late 2015.